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TRUE BLOOD'S NEW BLOOD
This season, True Blood has been infused with some new blood — specifically, three vampires, a werewolf and one mysterious girl — and between mastering the art of baring fangs to shooting in the buff, all five actors are enjoying their fang-tastic ride. ''It's a dream come true,'' says Lindsay Pulsipher, who plays Crystal. ''I couldn?t be happier.'' From left: James Frain as Franklin Mott, Joe Manganiello as Alcide, Pulsipher as Crystal, Denis O?Hare as Russel Edgington, and Theo Alexander as Talbot.
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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse stars KRISTEN STEWART, ROB PATTINSON, and TAYLOR LAUTNER talk about the pressures of promoting a blockbuster film:
Kristen: ''Things have looked up for me as soon as I stopped worrying about it and relinquished the control — not even relinquished the control, just realized that I never had it. As soon as I stopped getting nervous and freaked out by stuff, I had a much better time.''
ROB: ''When you first start doing it, it is so overwhelming that you think it's the most important thing in the world, the whole thing about public image and persona and stuff. And then you realize the whole thing about marketing is just having your face everywhere and that's it. It doesn't matter what you say.
TAYLOR: ''I think just by repetition and experience it's made it more comfortable. It got a lot better when I learned that the easiest way to go about it is just be honest and be yourself.'' —As told to Nicole Sperling
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JULIANNE MOORE on developing her Bah-ston accent for her role as Nancy Donovan on 30 Rock:
''I worked in a bar in Boston with a lot of people with some pretty extreme accents. It's almost an accent that doesn't exist anymore, frankly. Because of television, people just don't have regionalisms the way they used to. But Nancy, given her age and where she grew up, might still be carrying around an accent.'' —As told to Adam B. Vary
Read more about Julianne Moore in Entertainment Weekly's Summer Must List special double issue, on sale now.
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White Collar star MATT BOMER on his favorite summer activity:
''Barbecue. You can take the boy out of Texas, but you can't take the Texas out of the boy. I have my own special sauce that I make, I like to get friends over, people swimming in the pool, enjoying themselves, a little alcoholic beverage. Whatever it takes to relax.'' —As told to Archana Ram
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Easy A star EMMA STONE on auditioning for roles as a teenager:
''I used to do six auditions a week. It was brutal, but it was so important. I had mental breakdowns probably every three months. And every time I would have a bawling-on-the-floor fit, my mom would say, 'Do you want to go home?' And every time, no matter how upset I was, I was like, 'No way!' There was that perseverance in me. It's not that I was better than the other kids. I was just obsessed.'' —As told to Adam Markovitz
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KATY PERRY on the whipped cream-squirting bra she wears in the video for ''California Gurls'':
''It's all good fun...with a wink. It's like those pin-up girls that get caught in their dog's leash and they show their garter.'' —As told to Clark Collis
Read more about Katy Perry in Entertainment Weekly's Summer Must List special double issue
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SARAH JESSICA PARKER on what's going on with Carrie and Big in SATC 2
''Carrie has worked very hard — she's really been committed to this marriage. They've been married for two years. She's spent a lot of time making a home for them. She has immersed herself in the idea of being a wife, but it's such a new concept for her and she has to redefine it in her own way.'' But then something pops into her head that triggers ''her conflict with tradition and convention,'' Parker continues. ''It?s the perfect storm for her to then run into Aidan.'' —Missy Schwartz
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KRISTIN DAVIS on learning to walk on sand dunes in stilettos
''It said something really simple in the script like, 'The girls walk across the desert.' But Michael [Patrick King, director of Sex and the City 2] was like, you have to walk over this dune,'' says Davis. ''To do that, you had to crouch down behind it first, which sounds fine, but our outfits weren't really crouch-friendly, and the crew couldn't be there because you'd see them [in the shot]. So our dressers and costume people couldn't come back there to futz with us. And our shoes were not, not, not friendly for walking in the sand.... I thought one of us was going to go down — like on the ground. It was touch and go. But it looks really pretty in the end.'' —Jennifer Armstrong
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CYNTHIA NIXON on how the sequel is different from the first SATC film
''It really is a very, very different movie. The other movie, it had almost tragic elements, and we were all very much in our own world. And this is like, our own worlds have their problems or don't have their problems, whatever, but let's go out on the town in the Middle East! I mean, at a certain point, if [our characters] all have husbands and kids, you've gotta do something to really get us together. Otherwise we're home watching TV.'' —Tim Stack
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KIM CATTRALL on shooting SATC 2 in New York and Morocco
''I love the script. I remember writing Michael [Patrick King, the writer-director] an e-mail: 'Funny, fabulous and f---in' great.' I thought it was a great script that he had come up with, with a lot of very interesting political undertones.'' Cattrall, who's currently starring on the London stage in Noel Coward's Private Lives, even got to live out a lifelong dream. ''It's funny, in this play every night I have a line that says, 'Have you ever crossed the Sahara on a camel?' And I thought to myself, I have!'' she laughs. ''It was an absolute joy. I really hope the fans like the movie.'' —Missy Schwartz
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WILL FORTE on translating MacGruber to the big screen
''Every once in a while we would come up with ideas for MacGruber that were too risque to do on Saturday Night Live. And as a joke we would say, 'Oh, save it for the movie.' Never in a million years did we think that that day would come.'' —Clark Collis
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BETTY WHITE on her enduring celebrity:
''Honey, I've been around so long — for 62 years! 62 years! And the kids have grown up with me, and their parents have grown up with me, and their grandparents have grown up with me! So you're just sort of a fixture. I'd go to the market, especially when we were doing Golden Girls, and the little kids would pull on my skirt and say, 'It's Rose! It's Rose!''' —Tanner Stransky
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ALICE BRAGA on preparing for her role as a Special Forces sniper in Predator:
''To become a sniper, you have to go through very hard training. I read a lot. I searched on the Internet for information on how snipers are trained. I found this Hemingway quote about how once you start hunting man, you become addicted to it. Those are the sorts of things you look for when you go searching for your character.'' —Benjamin Svetkey
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COMMON on starring in Just Wright:
''I definitely had nerves about being in this type of film. First of all, it was my first lead ?. There was pressure coming from everywhere. This is it. This movie could make you. You could be a leading man. At a certain point, I had to let go of all that and just be the character.'' —Jeff Labrecque
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MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World on her famous relations:
''Ava Gardner was my grandfather's cousin. I never met her, and it wasn't really talked about. And then we were driving past the Ava Gardner Museum one day, and it was mentioned: 'Yeah, that's your cousin.' 'Oh? Good to know!''' —Clark Collis
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COLIN FARRELL on life in Hollywood:
''It's the schoolyard playground on steroids. The same rules apply — rules of popularity and power and ego and need and desperation and the quest for identity — just on a bigger, more aggressive, potentially more dangerous scale. I certainly can confirm the old thing about fame not making you happy. But who the f--- can't?'' —Josh Rottenberg
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TINA FEY on how STEVE CARELL makes her laugh:
''I'm very verbal, but Steve has a real nuance with the non-verbal reaction. One of my favorite moments in the movie is this moment when [costar] Mark Wahlberg's crazy-hot Israeli girlfriend offers group sex to us. And Steve just has this uncomfortable laughing fit that is hilarious and real and spontaneous. He delivers the jokes that are on the page and then adds more to it. That's always impressed me.'' —As told to Missy Schwartz
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STEVE CARELL on how TINA FEY makes him laugh:
''I'm amazed by how fast Tina is and how fertile her mind is. She doesn't lock into one sort of comedic way of viewing a scene. Something so small as when we're trying to gain access to the strip club [in the movie], and she's pretending to be a dancer-slash-escort and she's chewing gum through the whole scene. Then she just turns to me and says, 'I'm not really chewing gum.' It?s such a small thing — what I like about it is, when she improvises, it's always in character. It always makes sense, it's not extraneous.'' —As told to Missy Schwartz
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Yo Gabba Gabba! is the coolest kids' show on TV, a hit with both preschoolers and indie-rock-loving parents who appreciate the guests (including Jack Black, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, and 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer) and pop culture references. Then there's the music. Over the first two seasons, indie-rock stars like the Shins, MGMT, and the Ting Tings stopped by to perform, and season 3, which recently kicked off, will bring tunes from the Flaming Lips, the Killers, and Weezer. —Rob Brunner
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MIA WASIKOWSKA, star of Alice in Wonderland
On how we've all got a little Mad Hatter in us: ''I don't really believe in normalcy.... Everybody's kind of crazy in some way, and everybody's mad in their own way. And in that way, I think that Wonderland is, well, it's not comfortable, but I would feel off-guard in Wonderland because you're amongst people that you can?t really embarrass yourself in front of.''
Johnny Depp goes mad for Alice in Wonderland
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LAUREN GRAHAM, star of Parenthood
On the Parenthood pilot script: ''It was just really moving. I saw in it the range and what was possible, which was the spectrum of joy and sorrow. And I connected to the people.... I thought, 'If I get to do scenes like this every week, I am happy.'''
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EMILIE DE RAVIN (pictured with Matthew Fox)
On the return of Claire: ''Claire's very, very different. She's been basically on her own for the last three years, Island time. So she's really adapted to that and changed in various ways.''
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MATTHEW FOX (pictured with Emilie de Ravin)
On the Sideways concept: ''You really get the sense that [the show] is coming to an end and that the Sideways story is somehow or another going to play a large part in it coming to an end — whatever the last struggle on the Island is, how all that plays out. I can't imagine not being blown away by it.''
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LADY ANTEBELLUM'S CHARLES KELLEY
On making the best album possible: ''I think in this iTunes day and age, you gotta make a damn great record. It takes three or four songs and a ton of impressions for people to go, 'I'm going to invest $10 in this band.' Ten years ago, are you kidding me? If I heard just a snippet of a song and liked it, I'd go, 'Well, s---, might as well give it a chance!' No one does that anymore. People are sick of going out and having three songs they like off an album and the rest of it's crap.''
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On how his marriage to Mariah Carey has changed him: ''Marriage has made me stable. I was a wild dude out there. I was definitely there for the party. Like, 'That's the edge? Let's jump off it!' I don't do that anymore. Before it was 35% work and probably 65% partying and girls, so now that all of that is gone, I have this whole new time frame. I can balance all these other things now because my marriage is my first priority, instead of trying to figure out which hot club to go to and how do I not let this girl find out about this girl who knows this girl.''
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LL COOL J
On whether he wants to be known as an actor first or a musician first: ''I am a musician and I am an actor, but I am an artist first. I am a creator. I can appreciate, you know, Rembrandt, Bernini and Caravaggio as much as I can appreciate Mobb Deep and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. There is no difference. It's just about being an artist and just getting the opportunity to be inspired to do something. [NCIS: LA] to me is just another expression, another way to express myself creatively, and touch different people with art. Instead of creating in the studio with music that people listen to, I get a chance to walk out and live it out through someone's else's words from a script. It's a little different, and it's cool.''
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On rumors that her rebellious image is just an act: ''Go through my high school yearbooks — I always looked like a f---ing weirdo. I made my own purple velvet pants, living in Brentwood, which is like the Bible Belt. And no one would talk to me in middle school.... Like, [in the] ninth grade, [I] stole my mom's minivan, drove to Atlanta, snuck into Radiohead, front row. Like, none of it's bulls---.''
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On the crossover success of Avatar: ''People thought only the science fiction people were going to see it, but everybody was touched by it.... Every age, every walk of life, they just are overwhelmed and taken aback by the story.''
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On working with James Cameron: ''I was like, are you freaking kidding me? I get to work with an amazing director, and for something great? And for a good script? And I get a meaty freaking character? Are you kidding me? I felt like it was Christmas every day I was shooting Avatar.''
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CORINNE BAILEY RAE
On playing live: ''I definitely feel like music is transformative. You're able to transcend what's going on in these three dimensions. I feel like something's coming in, and something's going through, but then something sort of stays. That's part of the reason I'm enjoying playing again. I do feel like it's doing something to my actual molecules.''
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VERA FARMIGA, GEORGE CLOONEY, and ANNA KENDRICK
What do the jet-setting cast members of Up in the Air do first when they check into a hotel room? ''I look at the view,'' says Vera Farmiga. Adds George Clooney: ''I check out the channels on the TV.'' As for Anna Kendrick? ''I'm probably a bed-tester. I want to know if it's going to be a good bed. That's the only thing that matters in a hotel.''